What causes postpartum psychosis?

Hormones, genes. 2% of the population have psychosis at one time of their lives, and postpartum periods are particularly likely to exacerbate underlying psychopathology because of the profound hormonal fluxes that occur. Prompt medical attention is essential to avoid dire outcomes!
Mood disorder. About 1/1000 women experience postpartum psychosis (ppp), usually within the first few days of delivery. It appears to be the severest version of postpartum depression (1/8 women). Women with a prior history of depression are at greater risk for both than those without, and those with a history of bipolar disorder appear at special risk for ppp. You should discuss with your ob.

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How can I prevent postpartum psychosis?

Help. i assume you are working with a psychiatrist already. the first issue is whether you will breast feed. but your doctor should be able to tell you the risks of meds in breast milk. if you aren't going to breast feed then get back on medication. cruise this website, i think there is a blog series on breast feeding and meds: http://womensmentalhealth.emory.edu. Read more...

How is postpartum psychosis or depression treated?

Varies. First off, it's very important to distinguish if there is psychosis present without a clinical depression, a depressive episode without psychosis, or both. There are many treatment options including a wide array of medication and non-medication interventions. The top priority is to ensure the immediate safety of both the mother and child(ren). Read more...

What is postpartum psychosis? Is it worse than depression?

Serious depression. Psychosis is any loss of touch with reality including hallucination and/or delusions (false beliefs despite evidence to the contrary). Postpartum just means after childbirth. The is avery serious condition because the mother may have false beliefs and harm or neglect the infant. It needs immediate treatment with protection of the newborn. It if often associated with bipolar disorder. Read more...

What is the difference between "baby blues, " depression, and postpartum psychosis?

Symptoms, Severity. The "baby blues" refers to symptoms of depression that can be experienced by women after giving birth. These symptoms usually do not significantly interfere with daily functioning. Postpartum depression is a full-blown episode of depression following birth, and it can be quite severe and disabling. Postpartum psychosis refers to symptoms of hallucinations and bizarre thoughts following birth. Read more...

Is a hospital psych ward an appropriate place for postpartum psychosis treatment? I'm particularly concerned with use of anti-psychotic drugs!

At times, yes. Postpartum psychosis is an extremely serious illness. Women with postpartum psychosis may hallucinate and be delusional. Without treatment, may act on delusions. When ill, some have thought their babies were demonically possessed and needed to be killed. Temporary inpatient treatment can stabilize the mom, and protect both her & her infant. Antipsychotic medications may be life-saving. Read more...